Landscape photography has entered a new age, and a new age requires a fresh approach! The traditional, film-based approach required a lot of pre-visualization and, frankly, guessing. But with a digital camera, you can eliminate some of the guesswork and accelerate your learning curve. This course will teach you a new, streamlined approach to landscape photography, using your digital camera. You'll learn to take advantage of your camera's capabilities so you can concentrate on making beautiful, powerful, expressive photographs.
Filters and White Balance
Sharpness and Depth of Field
Light, The Essence of Photography
Weather, Atmosphere, and the Changing Landscape
Capturing a Mood
How to take better landscape photos with a digital camera.
Use your camera's capabilities to make basic photo techniques easier.
Develop your eye for light, composition, design, and color.
Learn to create photos with a strong mood or feeling.
Michael Frye Michael Frye is a professional photographer who specializes in creating innovative and artistic images of wildlife and wilderness. He has written numerous magazine articles on the art and technique of photography, is the author/photographer of The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite and Yosemite Meditations, and was featured in the book Landscape: The World’s Top Photographers.. His photographs have been published in over thirty countries around the world; magazine credits include National Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer, American Photo, Sunset, and Texas Highways. Michael lives with his wife Claudia and son Kevin in Yosemite National Park, where he has made his home since 1983.
Lesson 1: Filters and White Balance Assignment: Photograph three different subjects or scenes: one in midday sun (at least an hour after sunrise or before sunset), one in the shade or under overcast skies, and one at sunrise or sunset. Use the methods described in this lesson to set the correct white balance.
Lesson 2: Exposure Assignment: Photograph two different subjects: one high-contrast scene with a mixture of sun and shade, and one low contrast scene where either everything is in the sun or everything is in the shade. Use either Aperture Priority Automatic, Manual, or - if you're brave - the Zone System. Or try them all! Look at the histogram and make adjustments if necessary.
Lesson 3: Sharpness and Depth of Field Assignment: Photograph two different subjects: one with shallow depth of field to isolate the subject, and one with great depth of field where everything is in focus from near to far.
Lesson 4: Light, The Essence of Photography Assignment: Photograph three different subjects: a light subject against a dark background, a dark subject against a light background, and something with a strong color contrast.
Lesson 5: Composition Assignment: Photograph two different scenes or subjects. For each, first photograph an overall view, then find the essence and make a simpler, stronger composition.
Lesson 6: Weather, Atmosphere, and the Changing Landscape Assignment: Photograph two different scenes where the weather is a prominent part of the image. It could be rain, snow, ice, fog, wind, clouds, or a storm - it doesn't matter, as long as weather clearly contributes to the image's message and impact. If your weather is relentlessly sunny and warm, photograph that: include the sun, or convey the feeling of a sunny day, or make the viewer feel the heat and dryness.
Lesson 7: Conveying Movement Assignment: Photograph two different scenes or subjects, each time using a slow shutter speed to deliberately blur movement.
Lesson 8: Capturing a Mood Assignment: Photograph two different scenes, each with a strong mood or feeling. Look for interesting weather or light. Use color or motion to convey feeling. Find lines or shapes that contribute to the mood.
Aperture Priority auto-mode and exposure compensation, but full manual exposure controls better. Also, manual focus; ability to either shoot in RAW or set manual white balance when shooting JPEGs; histogram display.
Lenses from wide-angle to short telephoto. Recommend (in 35mm format): 24 or 28mm, 50mm, and 90 or 100mm. Zooms or built-in zoom in that range (or more) fine.
Is this course intended only for beginning, intermediate, or advanced photographers?
This is not a class for total beginners, or for people who have never taken their camera out of Program Mode. But if you've used your camera in Aperture Priority or Manual Mode, and have a basic understanding of topics like exposure and depth of field, then you have enough experience for this class. The course is perfectly suited for serious hobbyists and advanced amateurs who want to take their photography to the next level.
Advanced digital photographers will likely already know some of the topics we cover, but you are welcome to join us anyway. You'll be sure to learn something new.
Do I need to have a digital camera?
Yes. This class is for digital camera users.
Does it matter if my digital camera is really basic - you know, one of the relatively inexpensive digital cameras?
The most basic digital cameras will not work for this course. You need an advanced compact digital camera or a digital SLR. The camera must at least have an Aperture Priority automatic mode and exposure compensation; full manual exposure controls are better. It should also have manual focus, the ability to either shoot in RAW or to set manual white balance when shooting JPEGs, and a histogram display.
You'll need lenses from wide-angle to short telephoto. I recommend the equivalent of (in 35mm format) 24 or 28mm, 50mm, and 90 or 100mm. Zooms or a built-in zoom that cover that range or more are fine.
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.
Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.
Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.
For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.